Ada Lovelace was the “founding mother” of so many things that it’s bizarre we don’t have more holidays dedicated to her. First programmer in history, Ada overgrew the traumas inherited by the fact she didn’t even knew her father – the poet Lord Byron – by moving her thoughts from the right brain hemisphere to the left. Instead of her father’s poetry, she travelled through mathematics and the logical world that permeated her mother’s life. But metric and numbers always walk together and soon poetry reached Ada, but by mechanical means. Lovelace was the first person to defend that computers (at the time called “analytical engines”) could help at the creation of music, art and aesthetic artifacts.
The existence of this genial and singular pioneer is celebrated at march 24th, Ada Lovelace Day. At this day, the relation between women and technology is celebrated in blogs, sites and physical locations where this techno-femme confluence happens. In order to participate in this celebration, me and my fiancée, Leandra Lambert (from the electronic music project Voz Del Fuego) created three pieces of sound art in honor of Ada Lovelace. The pieces are the transformation of images into sounds.
To do this we collected many images related to Ada’s universe, like portraits of her, pictures of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, letters, algorithms, excerpts from ADA programming language, oils portraying her mother and many others pictorial elements. These images were converted to sounds, using a dedicated software. Then we created sonic pieces using only and exclusively the audio fragments generated by the conversion of the imagetic Ada to the auditive Ada. These fragments were organized and sequenced in another software, Acid Pro.
Sonic lines, drone ambients and even rhythmic pieces were created with the audio files resulting from the collected images. The three works are named Droning By Numbers, Lovelace and Analytical Engine and can be listened at the Blanktape site, related to the BR.Ada group, that curated the virtual exhibition. Just click here to go directly to the page. Or click here to check all the works of the show in the proper order (just click the “+” symbol at the end of the text paragraph and go from there, clicking at the navigation arrows at the top of the next page). Ada Lovelace deserves your visit. Without her, you wouldn’t have all that Internet in front of you.